The political, cultural and economic center of the country is defined by luxury buildings in the modern style, beautiful park complexes, as well as standard buildings that have remained in the city from the Soviet era. The Old Town is full of wonderful houses, small shops and restaurants. Nowadays, this part of Riga is included in the list of world heritage sites by UNESCO. The city on the bank of the Western Dvina, or, as the river is called in Latvia, the Daugava, is home to numerous museums that traditionally attract numerous fans of culture and art. Riga is traditionally known as the most expensive city of the Baltic. Despite this fact, tourists are still recommended to visit the city. The extraordinary hospitality of Riga is one of reasons for that.
The Great and the Small Guilds.
The Great Guild was founded in the 14th century. The building was reconstructed many times in the following years. Currently, the building hosts the National Philharmonic Concert Hall.
The current building of the Small Guild was constructed by the city architect of Riga Johann Daniel Felsko in 1866. The last renovation of the building took place in 2000. The interior of the Small Guild is particularly posh. Visitors will find here wonderful stained glass windows, rich chandeliers, and walls decorated with paintings of the city.